Former Horry County Democratic Head, Sally P. Howard, joined the chorus of those who claim MyrtleBeachSC.com reached out to the press in Puerto Rico in an attempt to smear former Myrtle Beach Area Chamber C.E.O., Brad Dean.
As we did previously with Myrtle Beach City Manager, John Pedersen, Former City Councilman Randal Wallace, and the former Mayor’s Wife, Terri Springs, we asked Ms. Howard for evidence that supports her claim. She has not and will not respond. She can not respond, because her assertion is not true.
We wish Mr. Dean the best in Puerto Rico, as we stated the very day he arrived in that protectorate.
Myrtle Beach City Manager, John Pedersen made a similar claim and went as far as to call those responsible cyber terrorists. He never mentioned any persons by name, however.
Ms. Howard was once a leading voice in Myrtle Beach politics. She has long been associated as a back channel operative for Matthew Brittain, Steve Chapman (of the Grand Strand Business Alliance), and former Myrtle Beach City Councilman Wayne Gray.
Mr. Gray is cousins with Mr. Brittain and Mr. Chapman. These three Democrats have been among the most influential in Horry County over the past 15 years. Many consider Matthew Brittain the most powerful non elected Democrat in the state of S.C.
While he serves at the will of City Council, Mr. Pedersen is considered a leading city Democrat as well.
Apparently no one informed Ms. Howard and friends that the press in Puerto Rico have a search engine called Google. It would have been malpractice for any journalist in Puerto Rico not to have done a background check on Mr. Dean. Likewise, it is also malpractice for these former Myrtle Beach city leaders to make assertions that are patently untrue.
THE ROAD AHEAD
One of the key elements these former elected city leaders share, with the exception of Pedersen, is the word former.
The question we ask: Is this the group of leaders that residents foresee moving the city of Myrtle Beach forward?
Perhaps the road ahead will be lead by an entirely different group:
We leave those decisions for city voters to decide.